to acquire by the payment of money or its equivalent; buy.
to acquire by effort, sacrifice, flattery, etc.
to influence by a bribe.
to be sufficient to buy: Twenty dollars purchases a subscription.
Law. to acquire (land or other property) by means other than inheritance.
to move, haul, or raise, especially by applying mechanical power.
to get a leverage on; apply a lever, pulley, or other aid to.
Obsolete. to procure, acquire, or obtain.
to buy something.
acquisition by the payment of money or its equivalent; buying, or a single act of buying.
something that is purchased or bought.
something purchased, with respect to value in relation to price; buy: At three for a dollar they seemed like a good purchase.
Law. the acquisition of land or other property by means other than inheritance.
acquisition by means of effort, labor, etc.: the purchase of comfort at the price of freedom.
a lever, pulley, or other device that provides mechanical advantage or power for moving or raising a heavy object.
an effective hold or position for applying power in moving or raising a heavy object; leverage.
any means of applying or increasing power, influence, etc.
the annual return or rent from land.
a firm grip or grasp, footing, etc., on something.
- pur·chas·er, noun
- mis·pur·chase, verb (used with object), mis·pur·chased, mis·pur·chas·ing.
- non·pur·chase, noun
- non·pur·chas·er, noun
- o·ver·pur·chase, verb (used with object), o·ver·pur·chased, o·ver·pur·chas·ing.
- pre·pur·chase, noun, verb (used with object), pre·pur·chased, pre·pur·chas·ing.
- pre·pur·chas·er, noun
- quasi-purchased, adjective
- un·pur·chased, adjective
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How to use purchase in a sentence
While comforters may seem relatively light, you should factor the extra weight into your blanket purchase.Best weighted blanket: Sleep like a baby with our comfy bedding picks | PopSci Commerce Team | February 12, 2021 | Popular-Science
Metro board member Michael Goldman suggested Thursday that Metro pause on the scheduled purchase of 100 buses and redeploy that money to Metro’s platform project.Metro board expresses wariness over increased debt but gives tentative approval | Justin George | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
On the style front, TikTok already ran a livestreamed video shopping pilot with Walmart that used influencers to drive purchases, demonstrating the potential in connecting video inspiration to consumer action in an even more timely fashion.TikTok partners with Whisk to pilot a recipe-saving feature on food videos | Sarah Perez | February 11, 2021 | TechCrunch
For now, companies have only our behavior — our likes, our clicks, our purchase histories — to build eerily accurate profiles of us.New technology can get inside your head. Are you ready? | Laura Sanders | February 11, 2021 | Science News For Students
For now, companies have only our behavior — our likes, our clicks, our purchase histories — to build eerily accurate profiles of us and estimate what we’ll do next.Can privacy coexist with technology that reads and changes brain activity? | Laura Sanders | February 11, 2021 | Science News
They were able to purchase weapons and plot attacks on the island without much interference.Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker: The Strange Tale of the Cuban Five | Nina Strochlic | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When my husband and I asked to see the report, we were told we could purchase the report for $30,000 from the defense.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything | Liz Seccuro | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Which is why in 1961, the distillery finally decided to purchase the estate and its adjoining home.
Whereas other brands purchase their barrels from big producers more or less off the rack, The Macallan starts in the forest.
Customers can purchase cold beer at full price or warm bottles of beer at retail prices to take home.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama | Jeff Campagna | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
People have not only ceased to purchase those old-fashioned things called books, but even to read them!
From affluence he came to want, and in his old age a fund was raised sufficient to purchase him an annuity of £600 a year.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
If this is not done, some person who afterward wished to purchase the land might object because the recorded title was defective.
So the courts abandoned the rule founded on the part payment of the purchase price.
Nor can he sell the property to himself, nor authorize any other person to bid and purchase for him either directly or indirectly.
British Dictionary definitions for purchase
to obtain (goods, etc) by payment
to obtain by effort, sacrifice, etc: to purchase one's freedom
to draw, haul, or lift (a load) with the aid of mechanical apparatus
to acquire (an estate) other than by inheritance
something that is purchased, esp an article bought with money
the act of buying
acquisition of an estate by any lawful means other than inheritance
a rough measure of the mechanical advantage achieved by a lever
a firm foothold, grasp, etc, as for climbing or levering something
a means of achieving some influence, advantage, etc
- purchaser, noun
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